The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


November 1, 2013

EDITORIAL: Getting ready to vote? Here's our analysis


To determine if a run-off is necessary, the total votes are tallied, then divided by 2, then divided by 2 again, then plus 1. So, if there are 5,000 votes cast in the at-large race, it would mean the candidate must receive 1,251 votes to earn a city council victory. If only one person exceeds the threshold, then the next two top vote-getters will square off in a run-off election.

If no one exceeds the threshold, then the top four vote-getters will participate in a run-off election.

As far as the candidates, where do we start?

This will be a close race, filled with quality candidates.

Andy Sokolovich and Andrew Luett will bring youth to the ticket, while Tom Determann, Jennifer Graf and Grant Wilke bring experience.

Each candidate showed us why they could add something to the council. But, we still have some concerns relating to the candidates.

Our concern with Luett and Sokolovich is experience. It’s refreshing to see two candidates who have not been involved with city issues try to lend a hand with moving the city forward. However, we believe they need a little more time to get acquainted with the issues facing the city. Neither have served on committees, something the city should use more to make decisions.

We would like them to get involved in the next two years on committees to hone their skills and develop a working knowledge of the historical difficulties the city faces, and then work to move forward. One issue we did appreciate through Sokolovich’s interview was his passion for more communication. That is an obvious issue at City Hall, and we hope Sokolovich is passionate enough about improving the city’s communication by offering to assist the city on those issues, regardless if he is elected to the Clinton City Council.

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